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REDEMPTORIST MISSION AT LYTTELTON.

The Redemptorist Mission In Canterbury has closed ; the good Fathers are gone from our shores, but their works remain as imperishible landmarks for the guidance even of future generations, when the present is no more. How many a weary heart, worn out by (he anxieties and distractions of the world, the duties and responsibilities of family cares, while breathing an atmosphere loaded with the noxious miasma of immorality and unbelief, came away from the mission refreshed and invigorated from partaking of those healing and life-giving fountains of grace that flowed so copiously during that time of mercy and pardon. But apart from the many spiritual advantages derived by the practical Catholic, how many wavering and purely nominal ones has this mission resetted from that indifferentism so peculiar to Colonial life and habits ? How vividly, too, must the mission aad its surroundings pourtray to the Irishman the grand inspiring solemnity of the Church in his own beloved " Isle of Saints," where from mountain and glen, valley and plain, come sunshine or shower, pour out her thousands of faithful children to participate in the mission and renew their fealiy and baptismal vows at the feet of their good missionary fathers. It was only after the most argent solicitations on the part of our devoted pastor, Rev. Father O'Connor that the Rev. Father Superior consented to alter his arrangemements by allowing two of the fathers to extend their labours to Lyttelton. Accordingly the Rev. Fathers O'Neill and Heggarty commenced the good work here ; the latter by a learned and beautiful instruction on the origin and history of the Rosary, dwelling forcibly on the efficacy of this time-hoaoured religious exercise, as a daily family devotion. Then followed the Rev. Father O'Neill, who gave an outline of the principles and objects of missions ia general, and the preparations necessary for obtaining all the graces accruing from them. Such a touching appeal to the reason and conscience of the faithful was so evidently effective that from that moment their ardent devotion and attention were increasing to the end. 'The arrangements, too, were such as suited the convenience of all ; after the last Mass an instruction followed which ended by 9 a.m. ; the remainder of the day being set apart for confessions till evening, when another sermon was given, followed by the recitation of the ;Rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. During the week the church was thronged at all tne services, many coming long|distances. On the last Sunday the Rev. Father Heggarty after 11 o'clock Mass preached an eloquent sermon on the Real Presence, drawing his deductions from the Holy Scriptures. The closing exercises were so solemnly impressive that all were visibly affected by the touching appeal of Rev. Father O'Neill while addressing his last exhortation to many whom be would never expect to see again till the Great Day of Reckoning. Th°. impressive ceremony of blessing all the senses of the body and the faculties of the soul followed by imparting the papal blessing brought the mission to a close.

The Tuam News says :— We are in a porition to announce that, in reply to a very influential request, Colonel Nolan, our present worthy couuty member, has consented to stand at the next election after the Redistribution Bill passes, as member for.Tuam borough. In addition to his many other claims on our gratitude, Colonel Nolan is a Tuam man— the eldest son of as good a gentlemen as was ever known in this locality — John Nolan, of Ballinderry, one who exerted himself at the time of the fell famine of '46 in a manner and with a self-Bacrificing energy that will live long in the recollection of the people, and gained for him a name as a philanthropist and a patriot second to noue in Ireland. We need not say how glad we are Colonel Nolan has chosen to stand for Tuam and be our first member after the ill-fated Union took from us Sir Jonah Barrington.

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REDEMPTORIST MISSION AT LYTTELTON., New Zealand Tablet, Volume XII, Issue 47, 13 March 1885

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REDEMPTORIST MISSION AT LYTTELTON. New Zealand Tablet, Volume XII, Issue 47, 13 March 1885

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